A student must take an English course each year he is enrolled at Brother Martin. This requirement reﬂects the fact that not only do most college degree programs demand an average of four years of English but also that proficiency in the language arts is indispensable to learning. The skills of reading, oral and written self-expression and research are valuable tools in the study of any subject. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the English curriculum, students are expected to buy workbooks, handbooks, and paperback books as supplements to the state-provided textbooks.
This course is designed to introduce basic fundamentals of grammar and usage, including sentence formation. From there, students learn the organization and development of a paragraph. Students study various literary types as found in the literature anthology and young adult novels. A language unit is included as well as vocabulary study. Incorporated into this class are the study habits and skills that enable the student to be a successful learner both inside and outside of the classroom.
This course serves as an introduction to basic high school English skills. The course centers on the following: the development of basic composition skills, instruction in the use of a precise and connotative vocabulary, the development of literary interpretation skills and the application of these skills to selected literature. Attention is given to library skills, use of the dictionary, note-taking skills, speech skills, and the mechanics of writing.
English I Honors
This course covers the material in English 1100 in greater depth by introducing the writing of expository and persuasive paragraphs, the history, and development of the English language, advanced vocabulary study, major types of literature, and various approaches to understanding poetry, fiction, and drama. The student must be able to work independently and produce projects generated from this work.
This course extends and refines the basic skills taught in English I by 1) formally introducing the concepts of unity, conciseness, and coherence in paragraph and theme writing; 2) introducing students to the structure and formation of a multi-paragraph essay; and 3) continuing the enrichment of the students' vocabulary. Principles of grammar, usage and sentence structure continue to be stressed. The students writing is monitored to determine individual strengths and weaknesses.
English II Honors
This ninth grade course for the accelerated student is an extension of English I Honors (eighth grade), requiring an accelerated pace for reading, writing, and the study of literature. Through class discussion, small group work, and individual projects, the students develop their analytical skills and demonstrate their motivation to pursue advanced coursework. Students successful in this course become candidates for the Advanced Placement classes.
English II Honors
This course that builds on the basic skills provided in freshman English by enlarging basic composition skills to include paragraph development and essay design. The course emphasizes the skills of unity, conciseness, and coherence in the construction of a multi-paragraph essay. Students will demonstrate proficiency in writing standards through participation in the Sophomore Writing Project, a program designed to ensure individual competency in the composition of a timed, handwritten argumentative essay. Literary interpretation and analytical skills are developed in reference to specific literary types and styles. Finally, this course continues vocabulary building and requires independent work with projects generated from research.
This course is a full-year junior level course containing a survey of American literature with a writing component that investigates both the diﬀerent rhetorical modes of expository writing and writing about literature. The writing of a formal research paper is required for completion of this course.
English III Honors (10th)
This course is for accelerated tenth graders and focuses on a broad scope of literature covering topics in both American and World literature. The writing component will move students into more sophisticated and complex writing with a strong focus on sentence construction, argumentative writing, and literary criticism. Students will also develop a stronger vocabulary base and standardized testing skills, especially for SAT and AP tests. Lastly, students will continue to develop research skills through research projects. Students successful in this course become candidates for the eleventh-grade Advanced Placement course.
English III Honors (11th)/English IV Honors
This course is for juniors in American Literature which covers the material in English 1300 in greater depth with emphasis placed on interpretative and analytical skills. In the composition component of this class, greater attention is paid to the development of the student’s style and voice and to instruction in writing the argumentative and critical essay. As in all English Honors courses, the student is expected to do independent work and produce projects generated from research.
English III Honors AP/English IV Honors AP
This course is a full-year, entry-level college course incorporating the extensive study of language and those rhetorical devices that make for eﬀective writing. Readings in American literature and nonfiction writing are the literary focus. Students will continue their preparation for the ACT/SAT tests. Students must take the Advanced Placement Language Exam that may qualify them for college credit. (Enrollment in AP English requires a two-year commitment to the AP program that includes the College Board curriculum in both English III/IV Honors AP and English IV/V Honors AP.)
This course is a full-year senior level course combining a survey of British literature with a writing component that builds on the work begun in English 1300 by intensive study of the revising and editing process, by concentrating on how to choose accurate and forceful words, and by in-depth instruction in writing the argumentative and critical essay. The writing of a scholarly research paper is a requirement for completion of the course.
English IV Honors/English V Honors
This course is a Dual Enrollment course aligned with the standards and curriculum of LSU’s two semesters of freshmen English courses, ENGL1001 and ENGL2000. Each student who chooses to participate in the Dual Enrollment component of this course will receive both semester grades and credits on his college transcript at LSU or any university that accepts transfer credits from LSU. Students are not required to participate in the Dual Enrollment component, in which case the grade appears only on the student’s Brother Martin transcript. This course is designed to advance students’ writing skills in a variety of academic, professional, and public genres, with an emphasis on research and argumentation. In order to communicate eﬀectively and persuasively, writers must start with a research question, collect, organize, and evaluate sources, anticipate the needs and expectations of their audiences, understand the basic conventions of a chosen genre, and craft clear, focused, and compelling arguments. In addition to the LSU curriculum components, students will read and study works of British literature, assessments of which will factor only into their grade on their Brother Martin transcript for each semester.
English IV Honors AP/English V Honors AP
This course is a full-year course for seniors modeled on the College Board curriculum. Students in the course do extensive reading in British, American, and European literature. In addition they write analytical responses about the works they study and engage in scholarly research. Students must take the AP Literature exam that may qualify them for college credit. The writing of a scholarly research paper is a requirement for completion of the course. (Enrollment in AP English requires a two-year commitment to the AP program that includes the College Board curriculum in both English III/IV Honors AP and English IV/V Honors AP.)
Creative Writing (Prose - Fall Semester)
This semester course focuses on the writing of prose. This course is about the imagination and the role it plays in the formation of personal narratives and short stories. The purpose of the course is to engage students in the eﬀects, forms, and techniques that drive memoir, autobiography, biography, and short fiction. The class will study various non-fiction personal essays and short stories by masters in the field. Through peer critique, the class will revise and refine works of both genres to express personal and universal opinions, beliefs, and themes. (This course will be oﬀered if a sufficient number of students request it. Class size may be limited.)
Creative Writing (Verse - Spring Semester)
This semester course focuses on the writing of verse. This course is about the imagination and the role that poetry and dramatic writing can play in one’s life. It encourages creativity that produces songs and stories and is the vehicle for self-expression and relationship to one’s broader world. The class will produce poetry, dramatic writings, and other verse forms. (This course will be oﬀered if a sufficient number of students request it. Class size may be limited.)